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Heavy summer snow hits Xinjiang, China cools temperatures to below zero degree Celsius - over 10 cms of snowfall

A sudden bout of heavy snow hit multiple mountainous areas in Altay Prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Saturday, cooling the weather to below zero degree Celsius.

More than 10 centimeters of snowfall are spotted in some areas of the prefecture, a rarely seen summer or early autumn weather in many other parts of the vast country. The snow cover was expected to melt on August 21 as the air temperature picked up again in mountainous areas in Altay, according to the local meteorological authorities.


'Fire tornado' kills 38 at wildlife park in Algeria

Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 38 people and wounded hundreds of others

Wildfires raging in the forests of eastern Algeria have killed at least 38 people and wounded hundreds of others
A horror 'fire tornado' has killed at least 38 people in Algeria after it ripped through a wildlife park and incinerated 12 people trying to escape the flames in a bus.

Fanned by drought and a blistering heatwave, the blazes have left massive destruction in their wake, mostly in the El Tarf region near the eastern border with Tunisia that was baking in 48C heat.

A family of five was among the dead and at least 200 more people have suffered burns or respiratory problems from the smoke, according to various Algerian media.

A journalist in El Tarf described 'scenes of devastation' on the road to El Kala in the country's far northeast.

'A tornado of fire swept everything away in seconds,' he told AFP by telephone. 'Most of those who died were surrounded while visiting a wildlife park.'

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Heavy snowfall in Free State, South Africa

Heavy snow has been confirmed in the Free State between Van Reenen and Harrismith on the N3 highway.

This comes after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned of disruptive snow for the southern Drakensberg region.

While many will be ecstatic with the snow, motorists have been warned to be extra cautious on the N3 highway.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said snowfall had blanketed the N3 route between Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

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4 ft. of snow buries Argentinian ski resorts; Storms ease western Europe's drought - "cold, dark winter" looms

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Scenes at Caviahue, Neuquén Province.
It's been snowing heavily all week ACROSS Southern Argentina. At Cerro Catedral, for example-a mountain near San Carlos de Bariloche-fierce conditions have been reported with flakes measuring an inch in diameter, according to snowbrains.com.

The mountain has been closed for much of the week due to the inclement conditions and avalanche danger.

As much as 4 feet of snow had already settled by Tuesday morning with the powder continuing to accumulate through Wednesday, forecast to persist throughout the remainder of the week.

It's even been snowing in the town situated at the foot the mountain, "to the tune of half a foot during past 2-days alone," which, continues the snowbrains.com report, "is a rarity here".


Early snowfall in Ridder, East Kazakhstan

© Alexey Nakonechny
First snow fell at a height of 1,870 m above sea level in the city of Ridder, East Kazakhstan, the ridder.city Instagram account reads.

The fog was expected to blanket the north of the region today. Ground frosts are forecast for the east, and northeast of the region in the nighttime, the emergency situations department of East Kazakhstan said. High wind is also set to sweep through the region locally, it said in a statement.


Temperature extremes: China's worst heatwave in 60 years is forcing factories to close as temperatures cross 40C (104F)

A dried riverbed is exposed on Tuesday after the water level dropped in the Yangtze River in southwest China.
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A dried riverbed is exposed on Tuesday after the water level dropped in the Yangtze River in southwest China.
China's Sichuan province has ordered all factories to shut down for six days to ease a power shortage in the region as a scorching heat wave sweeps across the country.

Sichuan is a key manufacturing location for the semiconductor and solar panel industries and the power rationing will hit factories belonging to some of the world's biggest electronics companies, including Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn and Intel (INTC).

The province is also China's lithium mining hub — a key component of electric car batteries — and the shutdown may push up the cost of the raw material, analysts said.

China is facing its fiercest heat wave in six decades, with temperatures crossing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in dozens of cities. The extreme heat has caused a spike in demand for air conditioning in offices and homes, putting pressure on the power grid. The drought has also depleted river water levels, reducing the amount of electricity produced at hydropower plants.

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Up to 4 feet of snow dumped during 3-day storm at ski resort in Argentina

workers clearing the media platforms of snow so that they work correctly.
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Workers clearing snow at Cerro Catedral.
It's been storming here at Cerro Catedral for the past 3-days.

Fierce storming at times with 1-inch diameter snowflakes - or clumps of snowflakes - coming down hard.

The mountain has been more or less closed for 3-days due to fierce winds and avalanche danger.

Somewhere around 3-4 feet of snow had already fallen by the time we awoke today.

It's even been snowing in town to the tune of around 6″ the past 2-days which, in general, is a rarity here.

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Record-breaking chills in Ecuador - Southern Argentina suffered very cold July + Controlled demolition in full swing

Early this Saturday, August 13, low temperatures
© Andres Salazar
Early this Saturday, August 13, low temperatures were recorded in different cities of the Sierra de Ecuador. The south of the capital and Latacunga were the coldest points.

Historically cold mornings were suffered in Ecuador over the weekend, particularly across the nation's Highlands.

Harsh frosts were noted as the merucy dipped below the freezing point.

The town of Latacunga, for example, plunged to to -3.8C (25F) — a new record-low for the month of August, and a reading only 0.9C from the national monthly low (the -4.7C (23.5F) set in Pisayambo).

The below graphic comes courtesy of Inamhi:


Alaska receives first snow of season at Brooks Range and Denali National Park

After receiving the first winter storm warning out of anywhere in the U.S. this season, fresh snow has dumped on Alaska in its Brooks Range. It's the first snowfall of the season for a U.S. region and, even though it's in the far north of Alaska, new snow is new snow.

The last winter storm warning for the US was issued on June 15 in northern Montana. Although it's extremely unlikely that any part of the continental U.S. will get snow this month, August marks the last month of meteorological summer, meaning that meteorological autumn will kick off on Thursday, September 1. Not long after that, it'll be winter, and you know what that means.


France battles 'monster' wildfire as heatwaves scorch Europe

A firefighting truck works to contain a fire in Saint-Magne, as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France, August 11, 2022.
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A firefighting truck works to contain a fire in Saint-Magne, as wildfires continue to spread in the Gironde region of southwestern France, August 11, 2022.
A "monster" wildfire raged for a third day in southwestern France on Thursday, ravaging forests and forcing 10,000 people to evacuate their homes.

With no let-up in scorching temperatures likely before the weekend, firefighters backed by water-bombing aircraft battled on many fronts, saying the massive fire could change direction at any moment.

"It's an ogre, it's a monster," Gregory Allione from the French firefighters body FNSPF told RTL radio.

Wildfires have broken out across Europe this summer as successive heatwaves bake the continent and renew focus on climate change risks to industry and livelihoods.

Valentine Dupy took photos of her house with her phone before being evacuated from Belin-Beliet, at the heart of the Gironde region "just in case something happens".